Isaiah Thomas spent his formative years at the University of Washington, where he would go on to be the Huskies' shining star. He was the Pac-12 Freshman of the Year, and a two-time selection to first team All-Pac-10. It's also where he first began his relationship with hip-hop icon Nipsey Hussle, who would perform in the Takoma and Seattle areas.
Hussle, born Ermias Asghedom, was fatally shot outside his clothing store in Los Angeles, Calif. on March 31, 2019, and his passing had a profound impact on the Wizards' offseason acquisition.
On the latest episode of the Wizards Talk podcast, Isaiah Thomas reflected on the loss of his close friend Nipsey Hussle and the inspiration he had on the community.
Thomas expressed the tough loss of the late rapper and his friend of ten years. According to Thomas, Hussle's death reminded him of when his little sister was killed in a car accident prior to the 2017 NBA Playoffs.
The diminutive point guard also discussed how he plans to let his lost motivate him to push through the hard times and end up back on top.
"I'm going to continue to try to inspire the world just like Nipsey did and I'm going to live by his motto The Marathon Continues because that's what I know he would want me to do," Thomas told Chris Miller.
The Wizards signed Thomas to a one-year deal, worth the veteran's minimum, early on in free agency.
"Every-time I step on the floor I want to remind people of that and for me getting another opportunity and a legit one to show people that I'm still special and I can still play at a high level and I can still lead a team, I can't thank God enough."
"I'm just going to go out there with a smile and be the killer that I know I can be."
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Wizards' Isaiah Thomas opens up about losing close friend Nipsey Hussle originally appeared on NBC Sports Washington